Films are made by the Entertainment Industry and therefore are primarily for amusement and enjoyment. However, some of the vast output has a restorative effect; stories written from personal experience or understanding of situations that level lives as with a baseball bat. From the cellar of despair, you might say that these are just fairy tales but all of them, without exception, are based on real life. These things happened to people who were pushed, fell, searched, or allowed themselves into new beginnings that developed into outcomes that equaled, or were even far better than, the relationships, careers or homes they lost.
Fifty Feel-better Films is a project that assembles a list is a hand-picked choice, by Heypressto, the author having experienced every kind of loss, of the films that had, at least, a mood-lifting effect. There are no fixes of what is broken, only new and improved. There are no deaths of subsidiary characters we have grown attached to, there is no wistful sadness, there is only hope and fulfilment and happiness at the ending of each of these stories.
As to the title, ‘Feel-better Films’, at the bottom of the emotional staircase you may not be ready even for the inspirational and motivational and so, although these films are also those things, this list is designed simply to include something to make you feel better, even if it’s just a little. For those who are happy and want to feel even happier, this is also a compilation for you.
The cinematic art quality ranges from Oscar winner to chick-flick, from great work to critical flop, from UK, US, Australia, France and India, from animation to restored black and white, from 1942 to 2015. The common theme is learning. The list opens with As Good As It Gets and ends with Yes Man.
The list is now complete but if you have any ideas to supplement the collection please email Chartreuse and they will be reviewed and included on the website.
Chartreuse is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and promotional videographer. She has written a feel-better film review column for Heath & Happiness Magazine, and is the owner of Heypressto. Chartreuse’ greatest inspiration is Abraham-Hicks. Her favourite quote is ‘You can be, do or have anything you want’.
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